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Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 10:45 PM
— Deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a Florida farm after footage leaked by animal-rights activist group Animal Recovery Mission appears to show farm workers mistreating dairy cows at Larson Dairy Farm in Okeechobee County, according to WTVT.
The video and an accompanying letter allege that workers beat cows on their torsos and heads to increase milk production, using their hands and feet as well as blunt objects like construction rebar. ARM claims the investigation began in August.
In addition to publishing the findings on their website, the group mailed their claims and evidence to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen addressed the video and his office’s response in a press conference today, promising a thorough investigation of the alleged abuse.
ARM claims that their operatives were encouraged to abuse the animals by owner Jacob Larson himself, saying that workers “beat the cows into submission” in teams.
Sheriff Stephen expressed some skepticism at those claims, insisting that owners Jacob and Woody Larson “would not condone this activity had they known about it. They’d have fired them on the spot.”
They appear to have done just that one Larson Dairy employee has been fired and two have been suspended since the release of the video, according to the Treasure Coast Palm. The dairy farm is also investigating the video and the employees pictured in it.
Publix, which used the Larson farm as a supplier of milk, has ended its relationship with the farm around the allegations. At this time, the farm is still producing milk.
The full video released by ARM can be found here. [WARNING: This video contains graphic content.]
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:51 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville, Florida, family saved a kitten from the side of a freeway Sunday.
Rebecca Marshall rescued the kitten, while her daughter, Allison Bullard, caught the entire event on video.
The rescue happened where I-95 North nears the Zoo Parkway.
Marshall said she was looking out the window when she spotted the kitten.
“We hurried and got off the exit and turned around,” Marshall said. “I was scared to death it’d be hit by a car or something by then.”
Bullard started to record, and nearly two agonizing minutes went by before they were able to get to the kitten.
You can see from these pictures that Magnum is nursing a hurt eye. The family says he also has an injured back leg, but they know it could’ve been so much worse.— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) June 19, 2018
WATCH @ActionNewsJax at 10 & 11! pic.twitter.com/Sdg9UrKdJz
“We were so scared he was going to run into traffic,” Bullard said. “He just ran straight ahead, it was scary.”
The kitten darted, but Marshall was able to catch up to it as it was trying to get into a storm drain.
“I just threw the towel over him and that was it, I caught him,” Marshall said.
The family wasn’t sure how the kitten ended up there.
Thankfully, the kitten from the incident should be fine.
“My dad, he noticed that we found him on Mile Marker 357, so we decided to name him Magnum, like the gun.”— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) June 19, 2018
Tonight, the tabby kitten is nursing a hurt eye & bad leg, but from the story you’ll see on @ActionNewsJax at 10, it’s clear he cashed in on one of his nine lives. 🐱 🐈 pic.twitter.com/jnNeFN6z2Q
“My dad, he noticed that we found him on Mile Marker 357, so we decided to name him Magnum, like the gun,” Bullard said.
They're bringing Magnum to the Jacksonville Humane Society on Tuesday.
“I knew that I was in danger the whole time, scared to death,” Marshall said. “But, I can’t just leave an innocent life.”
“So, it was worth it?” Action News Jax Reporter Russell Colburn asked
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
AUBURN, Wash. — In Auburn, Washington, a son who followed his father into law enforcement recreated a 20-year-old photo with his dad, and the photo has generated hundreds of positive comments on Facebook.
Officer Andy Gould and his son were pictured in 1998 inside Gould’s Auburn police patrol car.
“When I get bigger, I’m going to be my Dad’s partner and catch bad guys and burglars,” the caption with the photo read.
The photo taken two decades later on Father’s Day shows Gould’s son in the same spot – though it was a little tighter fitting his son’s 6-foot-7 frame. Though they’re not technically partners, Gould’s son followed him into law enforcement as a King County Sheriff’s deputy.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:52 PM
GAFFNEY, S.C. — Who hasn’t played the cloud game? It’s a rite of childhood, but usually the fluffy white clouds tend to look like familiar shapes and objects.
For a South Carolina man, it was quite different.
AJ Brackins snapped a photo of a giant dark cloud that resembled a profile of President Donald Trump and posted it to Facebook last Thursday.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:22 PM
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A metro Atlanta man has been indicted for aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated assault after dragging his dog behind his truck and pointing a handgun at a witness, authorities said.
The incident happened in early February.
Emory Junior Samples, 71, was arrested after witnesses reported seeing a dog being pulled behind an old Ford truck on a road in Forsyth County.
Witnesses remembered the truck’s license plate numbers and told the sheriff’s office, and deputies soon found the suspected vehicle. There was blood in the truck bed, according to reports.
Deputies found the dog, named Loki, in nearby woods and he required immediate medical attention.
Court records describe Samples as “maliciously” causing physical harm to his dog and “seriously disfiguring” the animal’s body by dragging the dog behind his truck.